FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH frontman Ivan Moody explains the meaning behind “Battleborn”: “After getting off the road from two years of touring, I was physically and emotionally drained. It felt like I’d seen almost every inch of the globe and shook every hand there was to shake. I completely lost track of time, the flights, the travel, the shows all seemed to blur together. My family and friends became a distant memory. Even though I was doing what I’d dreamed of doing, it took all the energy that I had… it was exhausting. That made me realize, everything worth fighting for you will actually HAVE TO fight for. Every wish, every dream, every idea comes to existence only through blood, sweat and sacrifice…we are all battleborn.”
The cover artwork for “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2” can be seen below.
“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1” sold 112,000 copies in the U.S. to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. The record arrived in stores on July 30. The chart and first-week sales numbers are both career highs for the group, whose previous effort, 2011’s “American Capitalist”, sold 91,000 copies in its first seven days to enter the chart at No. 3.The group’s 2009 sophomore album, “War Is The Answer”, moved 44,000 copies to land at No. 7. All three previous FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH releases have gone gold.
After coming up with 25 songs for the album, the band first envisioned putting them out all together in one double-disc set, before deciding to split the collection into two separate releases.
First single from “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1”, “Lift Me Up”, features guest vocals from JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. Other guests include IN THIS MOMENT singer Maria Brink, SOULFLY frontman Max Cavalera, HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta and rapper Tech N9ne.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will kick off a headlining North American trek on September 15 at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California.